Try, try, try again. No matter how discouraging or daunting the task of finding plane tickets, where to go, or things to see, just keep moving forward. I've gotten stuck several times in fearing the unknown. How much of Europe can I see in one trip? What if I miss something? How do I raise enough money? Will I feel comfortable traveling alone? What if no one around me speaks English?
Quiet. I have to calm my thoughts down and realize all of my questions will be answered or they simply won't matter anymore when the time comes to travel.
Sometimes you have to place one foot in front of the other. Take the ideas one day at a time. Be okay with the unknown. That's part of the adventure!
I still have a lot of questions, but I also have some answers. Some tips from experienced travelers:
-Always travel with a copy (paper and electronic JPEG) of your passport, plane tickets, and ID.
-Give all of your passwords, bank and credit card information to a trusted person in your home country in case you don't have access to wifi or forget any of them.
-Eurail is a great way to travel fast and inexpensively for people who live outside of Europe and Interrail for those who live in Europe.
-Traveling to Vancouver, BC and then to Europe is less expensive than flying directly from the United States to Europe. I'll be taking this route on the way to Europe and then through Iceland on the way back (again, less expensive option).